Corona Virus

Please see below for the Mass times at Our Lady's - Haigh and Holy Family - New Springs

From the Bishops’ Conference for England and Wales.

The government has announced a four-week national lockdown for England from Thursday, 5th November.


As it stands, churches will only be permitted to allow people to enter for private individual prayer and funerals. This will last for a period of four weeks until Wednesday, 2 December.

CLICK HERE to read a statement issued by the President and Vice-President of the Bishops’ Conference in response to the lockdown.​

Whilst we do not yet offer online live streaming of our Mass celebrations there are other churches that do. 

At present Live Streaming of masses is available from different churches the nearest one we are aware of is at St Vincent’s, Over Hulton.  They already live stream.  please follow the link to live stream services.  Their website is


Sunday mass at St Vincent’s is at 10.00am.


Walsingham is also live streaming all its services – their website

Further options can be found here: 

If you would like to make a donation to Our Lady's Haigh please follow the link below. Thank you for your support.

If you would like to make a donation to Holy Family, New Springs please follow the link below. Thank you for your support.

Church opening times



Vigil Mass - Saturday at 6.00pm and the Sunday Mass at 9.30am, both at Our Lady’s.


Sunday Mass - Holy Family at 11.15am.


Parishioners are reminded that, at present, there is still no obligation to attend Mass. We will let you know when this changes.

There are no mid-week Masses planned for the near future.

The Parish of Haigh, Aspull & Blackrod

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception was founded in the mid 1850's and is part of the R.C. Diocese of Salford. The Church was blessed and opened in 1858, the year of the apparitions of Our Lady at Lourdes. The Church was re-ordered in the 1990's and several new stained-glass windows were installed, some made in Blackrod, and are an interesting feature of the Church.

Holy Family Parish, New Springs, was funded from Our Lady's in 1898 and in 2009 clebrated the Golden Jubilee of its Church. The community of Blackrod, Bolton, had a chapel-of-ease from 1960 to 2009 when St. Andrews Church Hall was closed.

All three areas - Haigh & Aspull, Blackrod and New Springs are now served from Our Lady's.

Rev Kevin Foulkes

48 Haigh Road
Wigan WN2 1YA

TEL: 01942 516732

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Sacrament of Reconciliation


11:30 - 12 noon

As announced


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A Parish History    ~   1858-2018

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Mr Livesey & Mr West have worked with local parishioners to produce a book about the history of our parish and school, they have kindly allowed us to reproduce an electronic version of their book, available on the Parish Page, CLICK HERE to read it.

If you would like to purchase a hard copy of the book CLICK HERE



It is a privilege and honour to write the forward to the Parish History of Our Lady’s Parish, on its 160th Anniversary.


It has also been a privilege and honour, and a pleasure, to serve as Our Lady’s Parish Priest since 1997 – following in the footsteps of my twenty-six predecessors.


Saint Peter writes ‘He is the living stone, rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him; set yourselves close to him so that you too, the holy priesthood that offers the spiritual sacrifices which Jesus Christ has made acceptable to God, may be living stones making a spiritual house.’ (Peter 2:3-5)


We are the living stones of this Christian community – commissioned as ‘missionary disciples’ to be Christ’s ‘ambassadors’ (St. Paul Cor. 5:20) in loving witness, worship and service to our community.


There have been many changes over these 160 years – in the Church, Society, Education and the design of Our Lady’s Church. The priests and people of Our Lady’s Parish have experienced many joyful family and Parish celebrations but also wars, peace, poverty and economic depressions, through twelve Pontificates and six Reigns – and we too are facing a challenging time for the Catholic Church. Blessed John Henry, Cardinal Newman wrote that ‘To live is to change and to be perfect is to have changed often’.


And so, building on and celebrating our heritage – the stones of Our Lady’s Church, and the ‘living stones’ of our dedicated, faithful and often courageous priests, parishioners and teachers in our Parish School we can face the future with confidence. We do so knowing that Jesus, Our Risen Lord, has promised to be with his Church forever. (Matthew 28:20)


I commend this publication to be read and enjoyed by everyone.


Many thanks to Phil Livesey and Neil West for their initiative to begin and to bring this book to completion and to all who have collaborated with them, with their own very interesting and often amusing memories! God bless you all.


Fr Kevin C. Foulkes

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1st Sunday of Advent (B)


First Sunday of Advent
Happy New Year!
Most of us will not forget 2020 in a hurry and the knock-on effects of the pandemic will last for many years to come. This New Year’s Eve will be very poignant for those who have lost loved ones or jobs in 2020, and maybe look towards 2021 with apprehension.
In this country, for many centuries, March 25th was the beginning of a New Year, the Feast of The Annunciation, Lady Day. Different religions have their own way of marking the change of times and seasons. We, as Christians, make a new start for the First Sunday of Advent as we remember, not only Christ’s promise to come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, but also in the second part of the season as the Scripture Readings and Prayers take us back to those wonderful days of his First Coming; the ways in which we are prepared to celebrate once more the birth in time and space of the Word made Flesh, Jesus Christ Our Saviour and Lord, born of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Bethlehem.

Last Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)


Thoughts for the Feast of Christ the King.
“If I ruled the world”
I am sure all of us want a better world: one of justice and peace; with an end to poverty, hunger, disease and unemployment; and security for people so that they do not need to become economic migrants or refugees. A world where no-one is unjustly deprived of their liberty, and where we all have concern for the environment amid the issue of global warming. We believe in good hospitals, housing, education, employment and care for the most vulnerable - the list goes on…
We can do what we are able in our own society and state of life for the better; by even the most simple changes in our lives and priorities and by being more considerate and kindly to our fellow citizens in this country. Whether we are religious or not, we all want a better world.
As Christians the model for a better world is manifested in the Life, Ministry, Death and Resurrection of Jesus, called “the Man for others” and “the Servant King”.

33rd Sunday of the Year (A)


Thoughts for the 33rd Sunday of the Year.
For several years after my Ordination as a priest I felt a bit of a fraud. I had celebrated many funerals and truly believed in the Christian message I preached, year in year out. But I had yet both to be with someone when they died and to lose someone very close to me. Until both these happened I was unable, really, to say with true conviction, “I know how you feel.”
We are coming to the end of the Church’s Liturgical Year; soon we will be celebrating the Feast of Christ The King on November 22nd and then the First Sunday of Advent on the 29th, when we are reminded of Christ’s promise to come again in Glory to judge the living and the departed as we express in the Creed. As indeed last week we remembered the dead of the two World Wars of the twentieth century and subsequent conflicts, giving thanks for such self-sacrifice and renewing our own commitment to justice and peace in our troubled world today.

32nd Sunday of the Year (A)


Thoughts for the 32nd Sunday of the Year.
There is a saying, ’The road to Hell is paved with good intentions’. I would rather say it is the road to disappointment!
Throughout my life I have started and tried all sorts of things and never finished them.
I had piano lessons as a child to try to keep up with my really musically talented big sister, who later abandoned the really good upright piano we had for The Beatles and The Stones. The piano teacher eventually told my dad not to bother. He said, “Wait till he is older.” I am sure dad did not believe him and neither did I.
New Testament Greek to help study the Gospels at Seminary; that did not last.

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